Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 16:33
While cities worldwide are engines of growth and prosperity, this growth is unevenly shared across social groups and often fails to trickle down to certain categories of the population. Although inequalities have fallen globally over the past three decades thanks to 500 million people lifted out of poverty in China, inequalities within and across countries have increased, with 10 percent of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 15:36
Urban transformation award goes to SARSAI for creating safer journeys to school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and across Africa NEW YORK (April 10, 2019)—The inaugural WRI Ross Prize for Cities, a $250,000 award celebrating and spotlighting urban transformation, was awarded to SARSAI, which stands for School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements, an incisive, easily replicable and highly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 15:22
Extreme weather events, such as Cyclone Idai that has recently devastated Beira, Mozambique, and Hurricane Harvey that hit Houston, USA, in 2017 are the types of climate extremes that cities increasingly have to prepare for. Cities, particularly those with extensive informal settlements in the developing world, are being hit hard by these new climatic realities. Although rapid onset disasters... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019 - 13:54
The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference (co-sponsored by Cities Alliance, C-40, Future Earth, ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability, SDSN, UCLG, UN-Habitat, UNEnvironment and WCRP) took place in Edmonton, Canada in March 2018. It brought together practitioners, policy makers and scientists to develop a global research agenda for “advancing the science we need for the cities we want... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:00
Ref. No. : AOC/CFP/MON/2019/005 Subject: UN-Habitat ROAP Call for Proposal for Mongolia FRUGA – To conduct community consultations, workshops and trainings The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) hereby solicits your proposal for the above subject, in accordance with this document and annexes attached. This Call for Proposal (CFP... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 16:59
Cities are constantly adapting to climate change –– whether it’s installing flood barriers or planting trees, adaptation is a crucial part of climate action planning. To help cities document the progress and impacts of climate change adaptation initiatives, we’ve partnered with Ramboll Consulting to develop a framework that cities can use to monitor, evaluate and report (MER) on their adaptation... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 16:49
CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Urban Basic Services Trust Fund Strategic Plan 2019-2024 Supporting the Implementation of SDGs and the New Urban Agenda ORGANIZATION: United Nations Human Settlements Programme DUTY STATION: Home-based with missions to Nairobi FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant, Urban Basic Services Trust Fund Strategic Plan 2019-2024 – Supporting the Implementation of SDGs... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 16:40
Trump appointee David Malpass says climate change action plan remains a priority   Donald Trump’s choice to run the World Bank has moved swiftly to allay fears that his appointment will lead to a softening of the organisation’s approach to climate change. In his first day at the helm of the Washington-based institution, David Malpass said helping developing countries cope with global warming... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:33
The city is creating a network of walkable, mixed-use “superblocks.” Salvador Rueda is gripped by a vision for Barcelona. In his mind’s eye, he sees a city no longer dominated by automobiles. Most streets once devoted to cars have been transformed into walkable, mixed-use public spaces, what he calls “superblocks,” where pedestrians, cyclists, and citizens mix in safety. Each resident has access... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:26
Nine essential ingredients for happier, healthier cities   What’s the recipe for happier cities? When we ask this question of friends who design and plan cities, they are unfailingly generous with their opinions. Some architects answer that it’s all about aesthetics. Some traffic engineers say it’s about level of service — that is, how efficiently they can move cars around. Landscape architects... Read more